It was a day of honour for foremost activist in Nigeria, Esther Ijewere, on Saturday, November 25, 2018 when she was recognised for her exploits in the country at the 2018 edition of The ELOY Awards held in Lagos.
During the 10th ELOY Awards ceremony, Esther Ijewere, who doubles as founder of Rubies Ink Initiative for Women and Children as well as the Editor-In-Chief of multiple award-winning blog, Women of Rubies, was announced as winner of the Social Entrepreneur Award.
This was for her selflessness and contribution towards the empowerment of women both at the grassroots and social level.
While she was unable to attend the epoch making event, Esther was represented by her mentee, Lordwilliams Gusi Tobby of Girlhub Africa, who gave an outstanding speech on behalf of her mentor and also congratulated other nominees.
Reacting to the award, Esther wrote on her social media page, “Thank you Jesus for yet another award! Who am I? Nothing but pencil before you Heavenly father … absolutely Nothing!
“Just a young girl whose life is a movement she barely can understand.
“I dedicate this Award to my Mom! Mummy I never reach where I dey go o but this is for you! For bringing me to the world against all odds and always standing by me through thick and thin… I owe you so much Mama!!!
“To everyone that voted for me, May God honour you all, I appreciate you for your love and constant support! We won!!!
“Our beautiful Queens at Women of Rubies You guys rock! Thanks for making it all worth it
“Thanks to my wonderful team, this is our Win guys! Yes! We did it.
“Thanks for picking yet another award for me my ever supportive mentee and aburo Lordwilliams Tobby. I appreciate you!
“To Tewa Onasanya and the @eloyawards team, I Stan you. May God bless the work of your hands. Thanks for counting me worthy
“Thank you Jesus, for this, that and everything! I remain Loyal”
This is Esther’s second award this year, it will be recalled that the social entrepreneur won the “Humanitarian of the year award” at the D&K Soumi awards back in August.